De La Hoya: Lomachenko-Linares Not Finalized Yet; Up to Arum

By Keith Idec

Oscar De La Hoya wasn’t specific Sunday night, except to Tweet that it’s up to Bob Arum at this point to finalize a Vasyl Lomachenko-Jorge Linares fight.

De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (Linares) and Arum’s Top Rank Inc. (Lomachenko) have made significant progress in negotiations for Lomachenko to challenge Linares for the Venezuelan’s WBA lightweight title May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. De La Hoya characterized the deal as “getting close,” yet emphasized that there’s more work to be done.

Here’s the message De La Hoya sent out to his 1.8 million Twitter followers Sunday night: “As excited as anyone that big fight between @JorgeLinares and @vasyllomachenko is getting close. But it’s not done yet. And until lead promoter @bobarum picks up the phone and calls @makewar, nothing can proceed #makethecall #linareslomachenko


By @makeawar, De La Hoya referred to Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez’s Twitter handle.

The two sides have at least agreed that if Lomachenko-Linares comes to fruition that it wouldn’t air on ESPN at the same time as an HBO replay of the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight title fight that night. Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) are set to fight again in an HBO Pay-Per-View main event May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Alvarez-Golovkin replay is expected to be packaged with a live fight May 12 as part of HBO’s broadcast.

Initially, Gomez and De La Hoya indicated Linares was more than willing to fight Lomachenko, just not the night of May 12. Now that they’ve agreed to allow Linares to fight that night, it apparently is a matter of finalizing the details to which De La Hoya alluded in his Tweet.

If Lomachenko-Linares materializes, it would afford Ukraine’s Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) an opportunity to become a world champion in a third weight class. The highly skilled southpaw owns the WBO super featherweight title and previously held the WBO featherweight championship.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=BluDivision;18565928]I refuse to believe Bob makes this fight... no way does he let Loma go up and fight Linares for his first crack at 135! ��������[/QUOTE]Come again?????

Comment by jackblack008 on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18566352]Apparently in boxing their phones only work one way. Looks like Arum made the fight with Mr. Honda & they're waiting on the sign off from Golden Boy. From the beginning Arum has said he's dealing with Mr. Honda.…

Comment by MC Hammer on 03-12-2018

[QUOTE=gntsfan84;18566752]The holdup here is ESPN. GBP agreed to let Linares fight on ESPN if it didn't conflict with the HBO replay of GGG-Canelo and the Sadaam Ali fight. So, Arum is waiting on ESPN to let them know if they…

Comment by Califire209 on 03-12-2018

[QUOTE=jjsmyth87;18566238]Loma said he wants to fight Garcia but theres no way in hell Garcia would ever agree to fight Loma. Hes content fighting the Lipinets and zlaticanins of the sport while hiding from the real challenges. His next fight will…

Comment by Califire209 on 03-12-2018

Loma wont be the same at 135 his opponents will nuetralize his speed with height and reach. At 135 he will have Zero knockout power.

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